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Updated January 10, 2024·

For a higher price, the iPhone 12 mini offers a more powerful processor, a smaller and more compact form factor, and iOS, which might suit you better if you're invested in the Apple ecosystem or prefer its interface. The Galaxy S20 FE, however, will give you a larger display, a plastic back which is more durable against cracks (but may feel less premium), more base storage, and a significantly larger battery, which could equate to longer battery life. The S20 FE also offers a higher refresh rate display for smoother scrolling, which is a feature not present on the iPhone 12 mini. If camera versatility is important to you, the S20 FE includes a wider range of rear camera lenses. On the other hand, if video recording is a priority, note that the iPhone 12 mini can record Dolby Vision HDR video. The choice could come down to prioritizing iOS and more processing power versus a larger screen, longer battery life, and more adaptable camera system for a generally lower price tag with the S20 FE. Give Feedback

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Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.3
iPhone 12 mini
Galaxy S20 FE
6.2
The Apple iPhone 12 mini has good overall camera quality, while the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has only fair overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

7.1
iPhone 12 mini
Galaxy S20 FE
6.3
The Apple iPhone 12 mini takes good photos, while the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE takes only fair photos.

Video Quality

7.2
iPhone 12 mini
Galaxy S20 FE
5.5
The Apple iPhone 12 mini takes good videos, while the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE takes poor videos.

Battery

5.1 Hours
iPhone 12 mini
Galaxy S20 FE
7.8 Hours
The Apple iPhone 12 mini has 5.1 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE has 7.8 hours of battery life.

Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 12 mini has a screen size of 5.4 inches and the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is 6.5 inches.

Cost

$285
iPhone 12 mini
Galaxy S20 FE
$209
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The Apple iPhone 12 mini has a price of $285 and the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE costs $209.
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How the Apple iPhone 12 mini and the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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Apple iPhone 12 miniSamsung Galaxy S20 FE
Apple iPhone 12 miniSamsung Galaxy S20 FE

GENERAL

Price
$285
$209
Brand
AppleSamsung
Operating System
iOSAndroid
Release Date
November 13, 2020October 2, 2020

SCREEN

Screen Size
5.4"6.5"
Resolution
2340 x 10802400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
476405
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
A14SD865
Internal Storage
64 gb128 gb
RAM
4 gb6 gb

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7.4/106.3/10
Photos Score
7.1/106.4/10
Videos Score
7.3/105.5/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Telephoto
Main Camera
12 megapixels + OIS12 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
5.1 hours7.8 hours
Battery Capacity
2227 mah4500 mah
Wireless Charging
YesYes
Wireless charging Speed
12 w15 w
Reverse wireless charging
NoYes (4.5 watts)

PHYSICAL

Size
5.18" x 2.53"6.29" x 2.93"
Weight
4.76 oz6.70 oz
Back Material
GlassPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
YesNo
Bluetooth Version
5.05.0
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
66
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 71, 77, 78, 79, 260, 261 (SA/NSA/Sub6) 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 66, 77, 78, 79(SA/NSA/Sub6)2, 5, 41, 66, 71

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlockFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
NoNo
Color
Blue, Purple, Green, White, Black, RedCloud Navy, Cloud Red, Cloud White, Cloud Orange, Cloud Lavendar, Cloud Mint
Stock Android
N/ANo
SD Card
NoYes

Comparison summary

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Comparison Summary
Better CameraApple iPhone 12 mini
Better BatterySamsung Galaxy S20 FE

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Apple iPhone 12 mini

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TechRadar

James Peckham | September 2022
"If you’re going to opt for an iPhone and you want a smaller device without buying up the latest iPhone 13 mini, this is the perfect option for you – and it’s one of the smallest 5G phones on the market too. The camera is versatile, the screen is fantastic, it comes with reams of power and the added benefits of 5G and MagSafe mean this is a phone that will last you for years to come."

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

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Eric Zeman | March 2023
"The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is a fine phone. The flat display glass may turn off some, but the 120Hz refresh rate turned me on. I really liked the overall size and usability of the phone, and the six different colors mean you’ll likely find a version to suit your personal style. Other pros include solid performance, excellent battery life, and straightforward software."

About Apple

The tech giant called Apple is synonymous with the most popular smartphone in the world: the iPhone. Known for their build quality and aesthetics, as well as for their excellent integration between hardware and software, iPhones have defined the smartphone industry ever since their conception and they continue to do so by setting new industry standards. Apple's own operating system, called iOS, is known for its simplicity and ease of use, and the company tends to complement it well by creating devices with some of the most powerful processing hardware available in the mobile world. The iPhone is also known for its robust ecosystem of accessories, as it facilitates a very seamless experience when interacting with other Apple products, more so than most of its competitors.

About Samsung

Samsung is one of the most recognizable names in the smartphone industry, standing as the undisputed best-selling brand of Android smartphones in the United States for many years now. Samsung is known for offering a variety of smartphones in all available price points, as well as for implementing cutting-edge technology and innovative features in their flagship devices, ones that often shape the market going forward. The company offers its own unique spin on Android, called One UI, which focuses on offering a multitude of features and is heavily customizable, according to user preference.

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